1. Irresistibly catchy pop, guaranteed to put a smile on your face, from a perky Swede who’s about ten years into a career that will probably be reported as an “overnight success,” now that she’s been nominated for a Grammy.
2. The one-shot video (above, right) of her dancing in a warehouse that manages to seem both totally genuine and non-choreographed, and slickly polished, at the same time. She performed the song on SNL this week and tried to re-create some of the moves (unsuccessfully, I thought), but the video is worth watching.
3. Taran Killam’s re-creation of the video (above, left), apparently filmed at 4:30 in the morning in the SNL offices. Killam is probably my favorite SNL performer right now, and his goofy charm comes through in this video (to everyone except that one guy who keeps on working on the computer as Killam bops around the tiny office).
1. It’s rock, and it’s mainstream! Like, on TV and stuff! I’m so happy to see The Black Keys become the acceptable face of mainstream rock - as much as I love the Foo Fighters, there needs to be another rock act on the charts and The Black Keys are an excellent choice. I can’t believe they’re going to play (and probably sell out) the United Center this winter.
2. This new record sounds amazing and I’m fully back on board with them after being mildly disappointed recently. I loved the first two records (The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness) but the next few left me a little cold. I was really excited when they announced they were going to do a record with Danger Mouse (Attack and Release), but I didn’t love it. This one feels like the one where the promise of that collaboration has been fulfilled.
3. This particular song absolutely kills, and I think their performance of it was a highlight of music on SNL over the past few years.